I was recently approached by someone suggesting I write a book about the genesis of Steve McQueen for a US series of books. Not by the publisher, but by a Sprout fan who had read the series and enjoyed it.
I’ve previously explained that I’m not a big fan of rock biography except in a few constrained circumstances, but the idea intrigued me enough to dash out an opening chapter and a list of chapter headings. I’ve already written a mini-essay on the subject of Steve McQueen which I enjoyed doing, and although I know there’s a book planned on this period, I think it’s something worthy of a slightly more literate approach.
I remain unconvinced by the idea, and will need a serious kick to continue with it – there’s a competitive selection process for this book series which to be honest I can’t be arsed with, but having done this chapter I thought I’d throw it out there for comment. If anyone’s interested let me know.
You can find a PDF of the introductory chapter here.
And the chapter headings, for which I have specific intentions, are:
- In the Ghetto
- Fair Witton Gilbert, where we set our scene
- Thank you for the music
- Jesus’ blood never failed me yet
- Three of a perfect pair
- Last exit to Gilesgate
- Desire as a slyph figured creature
- Lost to heaven, lost to earth
- One two three four five… One two three four five…
- A new toy
- Bedsit land
- Just for one day
- I am on a lonely road and I am travelling
- Et si c’était par la fin que tout commençait…?